Support for recovery and reconstruction in earthquake and tsunami devastated Tohoku region

Recovery and reconstruction support in earthquake and tsunami devastated Tohoku region 

A large freighter is swept ashore at Kamaishi port.
(May 2011, Kamaishi city, Iwate)

Having set up a disaster relief unit on March 12, 2011, just after the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred, JOCA sent an advanced team to explore what kind of support might be needed. Later, former members of JOCV were sent as qualified disaster relief volunteers every two weeks.

In July, Disaster Recovery Support Section was launched in headquarters. It began sending National Cooperation Volunteers (NCV) as long-term assistance providers for recovery in Iwanuma city, Miyagi, for the temporary housing support center. Following that, other NCVs were also sent to Iwate prefecture in September. A National Cooperation Volunteer, who works to support displaced people, talks to an elderly woman who lives alone. (March 2012, Iwanuma city, Miyagi Pref.) 

 Disaster Relief Volunteer

JOCA has a volunteer registration system which allows former JOCVs to be sent as qualified and experienced volunteers
to disaster areas, in response to the needs of those areas. The first volunteer was sent to the earthquake affected area of Niigata in 2007, and 306 volunteers have been sent to Tohoku so far. More than 1,000 volunteers have registered. 

Breakdown of volunteers in Miyagi: coordination 4, medical staff (nurse, healthcare nurse) 41, job support 111, support for displaced people 2/ total 158
Iwate: coordination 1, medical staff 91, job support 39, education assistance 5, childcare 9/ total145
Still on duty: medical 2, childcare support 1

Volunteers gathered to Tono city,
a logistic-support base for tsunami
devastated coastal area.
(Iwate Pref., March, 2011)

JOCA disaster relief volunteers give aid to the injured person, who also works as a volunteer.  ( Rikuzentakata city, Iwate Pref., )

JOCA Disaster Relief Volunteer cleaning and organizing tsunami ‘lost and found’ goods to
return to those owners. (April 2011, Iwanuma city, Miyagi Pref.)

National Cooperation Volunteer (Recovery Assistance)

In December 2010, before the disaster occurred, as one of the three pillars of its operations, JOCA formulated a framework for a National Cooperation Volunteer Project to utilize the experience of former members of JOCV. The plan was put into place to support the recovery and reconstruction from a medium-term point of view. Under it, NCVs were sent to live and work in the disaster affected area and support its recovery. From medical staff to support for displaced people, 24-member teams assumed various kinds of work.

NCVs in Miyagi: support for displaced people 4, reception work for insurance payment 2, healthcare nurse 1/ total 7
Iwate: medical staff 5, consulting reception for displaced people 1, librarian 1, school assistance 8, childcare 2/ total7
*As of May, 15, 2012 

NCVs visit temporary housing for healthcare research. (Kamaishi city, Iwate)

NCV teaches mathematics in a supplemental class. (Kamaishi-city, Iwate)

To explain how to use the emergengy call system, JOCA coordinator visits a displaced person's temporary house (Iwanuma city, Miyagi)

Brochure: Recoverying from Disaster (Published in June, 2012) [PDF/  560KB]

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